Thursday, March 22, 2018

Kitfox Series 6, N993JK: Accident occurred August 08, 2017 at Reno/Stead Airport (KRTS), Washoe County, Nevada

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Reno, Nevada

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

http://registry.faa.gov/N993JK

Location: Reno, NV
Accident Number: GAA17CA478
Date & Time: 08/08/2017, 1220 PDT
Registration: N993JK
Aircraft: KING JOHN E JR KITFOX
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

According to the pilot in the tailwheel-equipped, experimental amateur-built airplane, he attempted to land in shifting wind conditions.

He reported that during the landing flare on runway 8, a wind gust from the south caused his right wing to rise. He reported that he made the approach with full flaps applied and about 60kts airspeed, and corrected with right aileron, but the airplane landed with a left side load. During the landing roll, the airplane veered to the right and the left main landing gear wheel separated from the airplane. The airplane then veered to the left and sustained substantial damage to the lower left side of the fuselage.

The pilot reported that, "I knew the winds were swirling and should have taken another look at it or found another runway for the newer developing wind conditions."

METARs at the accident airport are issued about 20 minutes apart. 10 minutes prior to the accident, the METAR indicated that the wind was from 080° at 6kts. About 10 minutes after the accident the METAR indicated that the wind was from 140° at 5kts.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

Pilot Information


Certificate: Private
Age: 50, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 06/02/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 07/05/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 209 hours (Total, all aircraft), 50 hours (Total, this make and model), 209 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 55 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 21 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: KING JOHN E JR
Registration: N993JK
Model/Series: KITFOX SERIES 6
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2002
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: S6004-024
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 04/20/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1550 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 824 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: 912-ULS
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 100 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan


Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: RTS, 5026 ft msl
Observation Time: 0710 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 98°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C / 11°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots, 240°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.18 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Reno, NV (RTS)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Reno, NV (RTS)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0800 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Airport Information


Airport: RENO/STEAD (RTS)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 5050 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 08
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:  7608 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern 

Wreckage and Impact Information


Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage:  Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  39.668056, -119.876389 (est)

Piper Meridian PA-46-350P, N10DK: Incident occurred March 22, 2018 at John Wayne Airport (KSNA), Santa Ana, Orange County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Long Beach

Aircraft landed then veered off the runway and collapsed the nose gear.

http://registry.faa.gov/N10DK

Date: 22-MAR-18
Time: 19:50:00Z
Regis#: N10DK
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA-46-350P
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: COSTA MESA
State: CALIFORNIA





















SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — A small plane skidded off a runway Thursday at John Wayne Airport, but no injuries were reported.

Some commercial flights were delayed after the private single-engine Piper Malibu skidded off the runway around 12:50 p.m., according to officials.

Only one person is believed to have been aboard the plane, but was not injured.

Although the runway was visibly wet, it wasn’t clear whether rain may have played a role in the incident, or whether the plane was taking off or landing at the time.

The runway was temporarily closed to remove the plane and forced inbound flights to hold or divert, according to reports.

Images posted to social media appeared to show the plane in a stopped position along a grassy area between the airport’s runways with its nosegear broken.

An airport spokesperson told KNX 1070 the aircraft’s nosegear had been sheared off before it landed in the so-called “safety area” between runways.

The runway reopened just after 2 p.m., according to the airport.

Original article can be found here ➤  http://losangeles.cbslocal.com



SANTA ANA – A small plane slid off a runway while landing at John Wayne Airport on Thursday afternoon, temporarily delaying commercial flights.

The Piper Malibu, shortly before 1 p.m., skidded off of a runway, shearing off the nose gear of the aircraft and coming to rest in a “safety area” between the short runway and a long runway used for commercial aircraft, said Deanne Thompson, a John Wayne Airport spokeswoman.

The pilot, who was the only person aboard, was not injured, Thompson said.

Both runways were temporarily closed while airport workers removed the plane, delaying some commercial flights. The runways were re-opened by 2 p.m., Thompson said.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the inclement weather or mechanical issues forced the pilot to lost control of the plane.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.ocregister.com

De Havilland Canada DHC-6-320 Twin Otter, N716JP, Bald Mountain Air Service Inc: Accident occurred March 20, 2018 in Deadhorse, Alaska

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fairbanks, Alaska

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf 


Bald Mountain Air Service Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N716JP




Location: Deadhorse, AK

Accident Number: ANC18LA027
Date & Time: 03/20/2018, 1945 AKD
Registration: N716JP
Aircraft: DEHAVILLAND DHC 6 TWIN OTTER
Injuries: 1 Serious, 5 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled 

On March 20, 2018, about 1945 Alaska daylight time, a wheel-equipped, twin-engine, turbine-powered de Havilland DHC-6 (Twin Otter) airplane, N716JP, struck a pedestrian after takeoff from a remote sea ice airstrip, about 140 miles north of Deadhorse, Alaska. The pedestrian sustained serious injuries, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The captain, first officer, and the three passengers on board the airplane were not injured. The flight was operated by Bald Mountain Air Service, Inc., Homer, Alaska, as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 135 visual flight rules (VFR) on-demand commercial flight when the accident occurred. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the airplane's point of departure, and a VFR flight plan was on file. The flight was en route to Deadhorse at the time of the accident.


During a telephone interview with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge (IIC), on March 23, the accident airplane's captain said that the purpose of the flight was to provide ongoing logistical support of ICEX 2018, which involves, in part, U.S. Navy and U.K Royal Navy submarines operating beneath the frozen Arctic Ocean during a 5-week exercise. The captain stated that the flights used an airstrip on the sea ice that was lined on both sides with snow berms. The airstrip included one runway oriented north/south and an intersecting runway oriented east/west. He said that weather conditions at the time of the accident consisted of clear skies with ice pack haze. He noted that the sun was low on the horizon, resulting in shadows on the airstrip, and that flat light conditions made it difficult to discern topographical features.


The captain said that, after back-taxiing the airplane to the south end of the airstrip and just before beginning the takeoff roll to the north, both pilots saw the pedestrian standing near the departure end of the airstrip on the left side and near the intersection of the east/west runway. He said that during the takeoff roll, the airplane veered slightly to the left of centerline, so he applied differential engine power to correct the veer, and the airplane returned to the centerline. As the takeoff roll continued, the airplane subsequently became airborne, so he lowered the nose to remain within ground effect and gain airspeed before initiating a climb. He said that as the airspeed increased, he started to climb the airplane, then initiated a left turn. During the turn, both pilots said they heard a loud thump, which was immediately followed by an aileron control anomaly. The captain reported that he continued the left turn and subsequently entered a left downwind traffic pattern for an emergency landing to the north. The captain said that after landing, both pilots saw the pedestrian lying near a snow berm on the left side of the airstrip.


A postaccident examination of the airplane revealed substantial damage to the left wing and left aileron. The pedestrian sustained a serious head and neck injuries because of the collision, and he was subsequently medevacked to Anchorage, Alaska for treatment.


During a hospital room interview with the NTSB IIC, on March 25, the injured pedestrian, who was an employee of the Arctic Submarine Laboratory, reported that just before the two pilots boarded the airplane, it was agreed that he would position himself alongside the airstrip to get a photo of the airplane's departure. The pedestrian noted that, as the accident airplane approached, he positioned himself behind a 3- to 4-ft tall snow berm, which was clear of the airstrip. He said that, as the airplane's takeoff progressed, it did not climb as quickly as it had during previous departures. The pedestrian said that the last thing he remembered before the collision was seeing the airplane's left wing getting lower to the ground as the airplane continued to accelerate toward him. The next thing he remembered was waking up in the medevac helicopter.


The closest weather reporting facility was the Deadhorse Airport, 140 miles south of the accident site. The 1953 observation reported, in part: Wind, 270° at 12 knots; visibility, 9 statute miles with light snow; clouds and sky condition, 2,900 ft scattered, 4,600 ft overcast; temperature, minus 4° F; dew point, minus 9° F; altimeter, 30.47 inches of Mercury.


The airplane was equipped with a solid-state cockpit voice recorder (CVR), and a download of the CVR data is pending. 


Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information


Aircraft Manufacturer: DEHAVILLAND

Registration: N716JP
Model/Series: DHC 6 TWIN OTTER 300
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: BALD MOUNTAIN AIR SERVICE INC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand Air Taxi (135) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan


Conditions at Accident Site:

Condition of Light: Dusk
Observation Facility, Elevation: PASC
Observation Time: 1953 AKD
Distance from Accident Site: 140 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: -20°C / -23°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 2900 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 12 knots, 270°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 4600 ft agl
Visibility:  9 Miles
Altimeter Setting:  30.47 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Departure Point: Deadhorse, AK
Destination: Deadhorse, AK (PASC)

Wreckage and Impact Information


Crew Injuries: 2 None

Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 3 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 5 None
Latitude, Longitude:   (est)




A man survived being struck by a plane that was taking off from sea ice 140 miles north of Deadhorse on the Beaufort Sea, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

The man, whose name has not been released, worked at the Arctic Submarine Laboratory supporting exercises during which U.S. and British navy submarines surface through the sea ice north of Alaska. That’s according to a preliminary report from the NTSB, which continues to investigate the March 20 plane strike.

NTSB investigator Clint Johnson said the man was trying to snap a photo for his kids and was standing behind a snow berm next to an ice runway as the de Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter took off.

“He was going to be leaving the ice within the next couple of days,” Johnson said. “He did want to get a picture of these small Lego figurines with the airplane in the background.”

The man told Johnson he talked to the pilot about taking the photo beforehand, though Johnson said the pilot, in a separate interview, did not recall the conversation.

Johnson described what the man says he saw as the plane started taking off:

“The airplane accelerated toward him. It didn’t climb as he anticipated,” Johnson said. “The airplane started a turn to the left, which means the left wing got closer to the ground. The next thing he knew is he saw the wing, and that’s all that he remembers. He remembered waking up in the medivac helicopter on the way to Deadhorse.”

According to the NTSB report, the pilot and co-pilot heard a loud thump, and they had trouble with the plane’s controls. They made an emergency landing back on the airstrip and found the man with serious head and neck injuries.

While the rest of the camp has since been removed from the ice, Johnson said the plane was not flyable and was left behind. He said the Twin Otter was still there as of Tuesday morning, a week later, with substantial damage to its left wing, and there were plans to use a heavy-lift helicopter to retrieve it from the drifting and deteriorating sea ice.

The plane’s owner, Homer-based Bald Mountain Air Service, released a written statement about the incident Tuesday but did not answer questions about the plane’s status.


https://www.alaskapublic.org

Beech A36 Bonanza 36, N1810L: Incident occurred March 20, 2018 at Ocean Ridge Airport (E55), Gualala, Mendocino County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Francisco

Nose gear collapsed on landing.

http://registry.faa.gov/N1810L

Date: 20-MAR-18
Time: 22:47:00Z
Regis#: 1810L
Aircraft Make: BEACHCRAFT
Aircraft Model: 36
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: GUALALA
State: CALIFORNIA

Cessna A185E, N748: Incident occurred March 21, 2018 in Tavares, Lake County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando

Aircraft overturned on Lake Dora.

Spearfish Aviation Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N748

Date: 21-MAR-18
Time: 16:30:00Z
Regis#: 748
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 185
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: TAVARES
State: FLORIDA

Gulfstream G150, N23EW: Incident occurred March 21, 2018 at O'Hare International Airport (KORD), Chicago, Illinois

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Chicago

Winglet scraped fence.

Encore Wire Corporation: http://registry.faa.gov/N23EW

Date: 21-MAR-18
Time: 22:45:00Z
Regis#: 23EW
Aircraft Make: GULFSTREAM
Aircraft Model: G150
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: CHICAGO
State: ILLINOIS

Piper PA-24-250 Comanche, N6785P: Accident occurred March 21, 2018 at Starke County Airport (KOXI), Knox, Indiana

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Indiana

http://registry.faa.gov/N6785P

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA195
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, March 21, 2018 in Knox, IN
Aircraft: PIPER PA24, registration: N6785P

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Hard landing.

Date: 21-MAR-18
Time: 22:55:00Z
Regis#: 6785P
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA24
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: KNOX
State: INDIANA

Cessna 182E Skylane, N3024Y: Accident occurred March 20, 2018 at Rapid City Regional Airport (KRAP), Pennington County, South Dakota

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Rapid City

http://registry.faa.gov/N3024Y


NTSB Identification: GAA18CA173
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, March 20, 2018 in Rapid City, SD
Aircraft: CESSNA 182, registration: N3024Y

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Loss of control on take-off.

Date: 20-MAR-18
Time: 16:20:00Z
Regis#: 3024Y
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 182
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: RAPID CITY
State: SOUTH DAKOTA

Stinson 108-3, N6067M: Incident occurred March 21, 2018 in Bonham, Fannin County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; North Texas

Engine failure lead to off-airport landing.

http://registry.faa.gov/N6067M

Date: 21-MAR-18
Time: 18:00:00Z
Regis#: 6067M
Aircraft Make: STINSON
Aircraft Model: 108
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: BONHAM
State: TEXAS

LAK-12, N63010: Accident occurred March 20, 2018 near Sunriver Airport (S21), Deschutes County, Oregon

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland

Glider struck road sign during off-airport landing.

http://registry.faa.gov/N63010

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA172
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, March 20, 2018 in Sunriver, OR
Aircraft: LITHUANIAN FACTORY OF AVIATION LAK 12, registration: N63010

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Date: 20-MAR-18
Time: 22:02:00Z
Regis#: 63010
Aircraft Make: LITHUANIAN FACTORY OF AVIATION
Aircraft Model: LAK-12
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: BEND
State: OREGON




A LAK-12 glider crash-landed along Highway 97 near the Sunriver exit Tuesday afternoon, Deschutes County sheriff's deputies said.

The LAK-12 landed shortly before 3 p.m. near the South Century Drive exit to Sunriver, coming to a rest just off the shoulder of the southbound lanes and not blocking the road, Deschutes County sheriff's deputies said,

Deputies said the pilot was flying from Bend to Paulina Peak and back, was the glider's only occupant and was able to get out on his own, declining medical attention.

When he realized he would not be able to make it back to Bend, the pilot diverted to Sunriver Airport but didn't make it, deputies said.

Sheriff's Sgt. William Bailey said the pilot is a 50-year-old Bend resident and a licensed and certified glider pilot. He said the pilot landed along the highway shoulder and might have done so without incident, if one of the glider's long wings hadn't clipped a road sign along the highway.

Federal Aviation Administration records indicate the LAK-12 glider is owned by Henry Irvine of Bend. 

There were no injuries, but traffic was affected at times as the glider was disassembled and removed from the scene in a trailer.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.ktvz.com

Unidentified airline interested in Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport

VIENNA — An unidentified airline has expressed intent to bring service to the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport.

“We have received a letter from an airline requesting that equipment be kept in the airport so that it can be used for a to-be-determined service provided by this airline to be discussed at a later time,” Dan Dickten, director of aviation at the airport, said Wednesday during a Western Reserve Port Authority board meeting.

The letter came after Transportation Security Administration spokesman Mike England said in a January Plain Dealer article that Cleveland Hopkins International Airport would “likely” get security equipment for their planned international arrivals area improvements from the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport.

According to Congressman Tim Ryan’s office, however, the equipment will not be taken.

“It turned out to be just that, a rumor,” Dickten said on Wednesday.

After hearing the original rumor, the port authority requested the Congressman’s office gather more information.

“We are always talking about our interactions with our Congressman’s office, as well as our state reps. We asked them for assistance with this and literally the same day we asked, the letters went out,” John Moliterno, executive director for the port authority, said.

The port authority has been scrambling to secure new flight services for Youngstown-Warren after Allegiant Air unexpectedly pulled out last year.

The port authority also is discussing new services with several other companies, including Ashley Air LLC, who proposed services to Sanford / Orlando Fla; Tampa / St. Petersburg, Fla; Tunica, Miss. and Myrtle Beach, and Elite Airways, which proposed a service to Newark, N.J.

Dickten and Moliterno met with the head of Elite Airways last week at the Volaire Air Service Forum in Myrtle Beach.

“We have several potential options to identify renewed service,” Dickten said. “We will elaborate on that at a later time.”

To be classified as a small hub primary Commercial Service Airport, and maintain Airport Improvement Program entitlement funds from the Federal Aviation Administration, the airport needs to hit 10,000 enplanements — the number of passengers boarding flights — by the end of the fiscal year in September.

While the airport is almost certain to meet the minimum, with 9,546 enplanements so far, the number of passengers has dropped dramatically with Allegiant’s departure.

“We are down to in the month of February, 438 enplanements, 440 deplanements. One of those was an Allegiant flight that came back to fly the Hubbard band down to Orlando,” Dickten said.

In May 2017, there was a total of 6,453 enplanements and deplanements. 

Original article can be found here ➤  http://www.tribtoday.com

Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport meeting focuses on foreign trade zones

West Virginia Economic Development Authority Executive Director David Warner, left, speaks about foreign trade zones during a presentation in Jerry’s Fly Away Kitchen at the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport Wednesday as airport Manager Glen Kelly, center, and Wood County Airport Authority President Bill Richardson listen.



WILLIAMSTOWN — The potential advantages of establishing a foreign trade zone at the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport were outlined at a luncheon meeting Wednesday in the airport restaurant.

More than 30 local officials and business leaders attended the presentation, organized by the airport, Wood County Economic Development and the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley.

The main advantage of such a zone is that materials shipped into the United States aren’t subject to import tariffs or duties while at the location.

“You’re not paying the customs duties when it comes into the zone,” said David Warner, executive director of the West Virginia Economic Development Authority. “It’s only when the finished product enters commerce in the United States; that’s when the duty’s paid.”

A company could import components from outside the country, then assemble the product and pay the fee on the completed item rather than the parts, if that’s lower. The company could also ship the product to another foreign trade zone without being assessed fees. If the assembled product is exported out of the country, no duty is imposed, Warner said.


West Virginia Economic Development Authority Executive Director David Warner speaks about foreign trade zones during a presentation in Jerry’s Fly Away Kitchen at the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport Wednesday.

The idea has been pitched by airport Manager Glen Kelly as a way to “promote the airport as a key piece of infrastructure for economic development.”

Warner said it costs $75,000 to $100,000 a year to manage a foreign trade zone, which requires one or two staff members to communicate with U.S. Customs.

“Your site has to be completely fenced; you have to have security,” he said.

Merchandise can be stored in a foreign trade zone facility indefinitely and is not subject to personal property tax while there, Warner said.

Possible sites for foreign trade zone facilities include the former National Guard facility at the airport and the nearby industrial park.

Wood County Airport Authority member Terry Moore asks a question during a meeting about foreign trade zones Wednesday at the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport restaurant, Jerry’s Fly Away Kitchen.


Kelly said the zone could be a shared expense between multiple companies or operated by a single business.

“If we can help some businesses build up a shared foreign trade zone, great,” he said. “(Or) if we have one or two that say we want a foreign trade zone for our own business, the whole valley’s going to benefit.”

The process for a company to apply for a foreign trade zone normally takes more than a year, but Warner said a reorganization approved in 2017 by the federal Foreign Trade Zones Board expanded the service area of an existing zone in Charleston to 18 counties, including Wood, Calhoun, Jackson, Roane and Wirt. That allows for a streamlined application and approval process for new sub-zones, he said.

Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce, Vienna Development Director Paul Thornton and Wood County Commissioners Blair Couch and Bob Tebay were among the public officials at the meeting. A representative of Hino Motors was in attendance, as well as representatives of local banks, consulting firms and at least one hotel.

Todd Nestor, market president for BB&T, said he thinks establishing a foreign trade zone could not only benefit the businesses that would make direct use of it, but ancillary companies as well.

“All these other businesses that may come into town because of that, there’s opportunity for us as well,” he said.

David Williams, vice president of Managers Resources Group Inc., said he used to work for an aerospace distribution company that dealt with global distribution and he was intrigued by the proposal.

“I see it from the economic stimulus opportunity that exists here in the Mid-Ohio Valley,” he said. “It just gets my wheels turning about the things we could do here.”

Wood County Economic Development Executive Director Lindsey Piersol asked businesses interested in the foreign trade zone concept to contact her office at 304-422-5650 or the airport at 304-464-5113.

Original article  ➤  http://www.newsandsentinel.com

Lynn Tilton Is Suing a Private Jet Pilot Who Left Her Company

SEC-beating New York financier says man broke his contract

Dennis Pratte claimed in email to have safety concerns

(Bloomberg) -- New York financier Lynn Tilton is suing a former personal jet pilot who left her company amid concerns over safety, seeking to recapture training expenses.

Tilton’s company Patriarch Partners LLC filed a lawsuit on Tuesday in Manhattan federal court accusing Dennis Pratte of breaching the terms of his contract. Pratte, who flew a Gulfstream G280, sent a note to his supervisor saying he intended to look for another job just six months after he began working for Tilton in June, according to the complaint.

"The company has great employees, fabulous aircraft, and the pay is above industry norms," Pratte said in a Jan. 2 email included in the complaint. "However, when it comes to operational safety of the passengers, aircraft, and crew, you and I have separate and distinct ideologies on how best to ensure we are operating at the highest levels of safety."

Tilton opted to accept his resignation immediately, compelling him to pay back more than $64,000 in training costs. Pratte hasn’t reimbursed the expenses, and tried to "shake down Patriarch with a bogus retaliation claiming," alleging he had been fired for reporting safety concerns, according to the complaint.

The nature of the safety concerns wasn’t included in the suit.

The company also alleged he had been keeping confidential materials and surreptitiously recording conversations with other employees.

"This suit seeks to hold defendant Dennis Pratte to his unambiguous obligation to reimburse Patriarch for substantial pilot training expenses that the company advanced for his benefit and that he agreed to repay if he left Patriarch within his first year," according to the complaint.

Pratte couldn’t immediately be located for comment. A representative for Patriarch Partners didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

The claim in one of many legal fights for Tilton, whose company specializes in investing in and turning around distressed businesses. She put her Zohar III Corp. funds into bankruptcy earlier this month to block lawsuits from a bond insurer she claimed "cast a cloud" over her plans.

In September, Tilton defeated an SEC lawsuit after an administrative judge said the agency failed to prove that she bilked investors out of more than $200 million. In December, she lost a legal challenge to her removal from the boards of companies within the Zohar funds she claimed to control.

Original article ➤  https://www.bloombergquint.com

Cessna 172P Skyhawk, N64859: Incident occurred March 21, 2018 near Massey Ranch Airpark (X50), New Smyrna Beach, Volusia County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando

Off-airport landing on road.

http://registry.faa.gov/N64859

Date: 21-MAR-18
Time: 21:35:00Z
Regis#: N64859
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: NEW SMYRNA BEACH
State: FLORIDA



NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - A flight crew late Wednesday afternoon took apart a small plane, so it could be relocated after the pilot had to make an emergency landing on a roadway in New Smyrna Beach, Florida earlier in the day.

"I just heard a bang."This street was used as a last minute runway. "Like a thud, a piece of metal so maybe the landing gear hit hard," Gary Birdeau explained

Firefighters say the pilot and his passenger started having engine trouble, so he decided to land on Pioneer Trail in New Smyrna Beach. 
  
"Plane is fine, it had a little smoke on scene, but no fire," said Lt Mike Green of the New Smyrna Beach Fire Department.

Traffic was blocked off until the plane could be pushed to the side of the road.

"We noticed we couldn't get through," said Teri Aguzzi.  "There was a policeman stopping us so we went all the way around in our subdivision and saw the helicopter."

Authorities said the small plane took off from Massey Ranch Airpark in Edgewater, which is approximately seven miles away.  It was headed to Palatka, Florida.

Birdeau said,, "There's always planes flying, but I'm pretty shocked to see that one on Pioneer Trail."

Luckily, no cars were hit.

"He must be an expert pilot too, in order to land on this road. You look at the power lines on the right and left, it could have turned into something really major or serious." 

The pilot and owner of the plane declined to comment but looked relieved it wasn't worse. The single-engine Cessna was disassembled in order to be taken away in the dark. The owner of a golf cart business near the scene of the landing  said he has a semi making a delivery in the morning and asked the crew to move the plane off his property. 

"I think it was wonderful nobody was hurt and I think the person did a great job landing on this road right outside this back gate and I'm glad everything's ok," Bob Aguzzi added. 

Authorities say, since no one was injured and there was no damage, the Federal Aviation Administration will not investigate.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.wogx.com

Rans S-16 Shekari, N741WT, registered to and operated by the pilot: Fatal accident occurred March 21, 2018 in Pierce County, Nebraska

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lincoln, Nebraska
Lycoming Engines; Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


James A. Fritz d/b/a Fritz Sales


http://registry.faa.gov/N741WT 

National Transportation Safety Board - Aviation Accident Preliminary Report 

Location: Pierce, ND
Accident Number: CEN18FA126
Date & Time: 03/21/2018, 1845 CDT
Registration: N741WT
Aircraft: NANNARONE RANS S-16 SHEKARI S-16 SHEKARI
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On March 21, 2018, about 1845 central daylight time, a Nannarone Rans Inc S-16 Shekari, N741WT, impacted terrain about ¼ mile from the approach end of runway 11 at a private airstrip, owned by the pilot, near Pierce, Nebraska. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The private pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight, which was not operating on a flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The flight departed Norfolk Regional Airport/Karl Stefan Memorial Field, Norfolk, Nebraska, after obtaining fuel, and was returning to the private airstrip. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: NANNARONE RANS S-16 SHEKARI
Registration: N741WT
Model/Series: S-16 SHEKARI
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: Pilot
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: OFK, 1573 ft msl
Observation Time: 1856 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 17 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C / 1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots, 130°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.07 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Departure Point: Norfolk, NE (OFK)
Destination: Pierce, ND

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude:  42.238611, 97.597222

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov

Jim A. Fritz
(March 1, 1949 - March 21, 2018) 

Funeral services for James A. Fritz age 69 of Osmond will be held at 10:30 Wednesday, March 28th at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Osmond with burial in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8 PM. Tuesday at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Rosary at 7 PM. Military Honors will be conducted by the Osmond American Legion and VFW. Jim Fritz passed away March 21, 2018.


Read more here ➤ http://www.ashburnfh.com



PIERCE COUNTY, NE (NCN) -

Update:

A crash of a small airplane in Pierce County, Nebraska last evening took the life of the pilot.

Now unfortunately for the Fritz family, this isn't the first time that they've had to deal with this type of situation

The plane crash site is on the East side of Highway 12, and across the street on the West side, is the home of the Fritz family where they are grieving for the second time for this kind of accident.

Shortly after 6:15 p.m. Wednesday night, a 2-person plane carrying pilot, 69-year-old James Fritz crashed into a field.

Back in 2001, Fritz's son, 23 year old Brian J. Fritz was also killed in an airplane crash near Columbus, Nebraska. 

The plane clipped a power line and crashed into the Loup River.

Authorities say the aircraft was engulfed in flames on impact.

Pierce County Sheriff Rick Eberhardt, explains that James Fritz's crash, was all too similar Wednesday night- to his son's nearly 18 years later.

"Between the hours of 6:30 and 7:45 there was a single-engine, experimental airplane crash 5 miles northwest of Pierce," said Pierce County Sheriff Rick Eberhardt. "And after law enforcement responded, the pilot was found deceased."

An autopsy will be performed to see how 69-Year-Old James Fritz died, and the investigation is on-going. 

Authorities have not yet confirmed the cause of the crash.

Previous Story:

Authorities responded to a plane crash in rural Pierce County Wednesday night. The Pierce County Sheriff Rick Eberhardt said 69-year-old James Fritz of rural Pierce County died in the crash. 

A Pierce County 911 dispatcher received a call at 7:45 p.m. five miles northwest of Pierce near the intersection of Highway 13 and Highway 121 of a plane crash.

Sheriff Eberhardt said emergency responders arrived scene and found a two seat single engine plane with the pilot, Fritz deceased. 

Authorities believe the crash occurred sometime after 6:15 p.m.

Officials from the Nebraska State Patrol, Pierce Fire and Rescue and Pierce Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene. 


Original article can be found here ➤  http://www.ktiv.com





OSMOND — Residents here are mourning the death Wednesday night of one of its quiet community stalwarts.

Jim Fritz, the owner of Big John Manufacturing in Osmond, died in connection with a plane crash, said Rick Eberhardt, Pierce County sheriff.

“He was heavily involved in the community in a quiet way. He never sought the center stage,” said James Bessmer, Osmond’s mayor.

Big John Manufacturing is one of Osmond’s leading employers and is well-known across the nation and in parts of the world for its long list of agricultural-related products it researches, manufactures and sells.

At the age of 69, Fritz remained extensively involved with Big John operations along with his wife, Candy, and their son, Daniel, a company representative said Thursday morning.

The company has been supplying its agricultural customers with quality products for more than 40 years. Big John has strived to maintain its leadership role in sprayers, ag electronics, detassling equipment and custom manufacturing, the company’s website indicates. The companies, which has about 15 employees, markets its products in 48 states and several foreign countries.

Eberhardt said the plane crash is believed to have occurred about 6:15 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Highways 13 and 122 in Pierce County, which is where Fritz lives. A longtime pilot, he had a private landing strip near his residence.

Eberhardt said a 911 call about a plane crash was received at about 7:45 p.m.

He said on Thursday  morning that the Federal Aviation Administration has arrived and is in the process of inspecting the plane and removing it.

The sheriff's department, Pierce Police Department and Pierce fire and rescue were dispatched to the scene. Upon arrival, Eberhardt said a two-seat, single-engine plane was located and the lone male occupant of the plane was found to be dead.

An autopsy is being conducted, and representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the crash scene.

Services for Fritz were pending Thursday morning with Ashburn Funeral Home of Osmond.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://norfolkdailynews.com